Local Events

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Malaprop’s Bookstore is hosting Amy Duernberger who will talk about her guidebook, “Exploring the Southern Appalachian Grassy Balds” at 6 p.m. Feb. 22, 2018. To learn more, call 828-254-6734 or visit malaprops.com. The event is free.
Read more at https://www.citizen-times.com/story/entertainment/2018/02/15/bald-and-happy-hiking-aging-discussed-ashevilles-malaprops/326473002/

Click here for calendar. For more information call 828.258.8737 x 216 or Email: susan@mountaintrue.org

Discover Natural Transylvania

Discover Natural Transylvania is a monthly program series at the Transylvania County Library exploring the place where we live, work, and play. Presenters include experts in the fields of ecology, biology, geology, flora, fauna, outdoor recreation, and more. The programs are on the first Thursday evening of most months at 6:30 pm in the Rogow Room. Each program lasts approximately one hour. Light refreshments are provided. These free programs are supported by the Friends of the Library.
For more information contact Marcy Thompson 828-884-3151 x1820 or marcy.thompson@transylvaniacounty.org

Thursday, March 1–6:30 pm “Appalachian Wilderness, Keeping It Wild”, with Bill Hodge, Executive Director of Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards (SAWS).

Thursday, April 5–6:30 pm “Paddling the French Broad River Paddle Trail”, with Hartwell Carson, French Broad Riverkeeper.

Thursday, May 3–6:30 pm “Heirloom Herbals” with Laura Gardner, Certified Clinical Herbalist.

Bag Lunch Arts
Our monthly Bag Lunch Arts Series spotlights authors, artists, performers, and speakers sharing their talent and knowledge. Held on the third Tuesday of most months at 12 noon in the Rogow Family Community Room. Patrons are encouraged to bring along a bag lunch to enjoy before the program. Cookies and coffee are courtesy of the Friends of the Library. Programs last approximately one hour.

Our Native Bees, with author Paige Embry
March 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
The Compleat Naturalist, 2 Brook St, Asheville, NC, 28803
Phone: (800) 678-5430
Doors open at 6:30 pm for socializing and light refreshments. The talk will begin promptly at 7:00 pm. Following the talk, Paige will be signing her book, Our Native Bees: North America’s Endangered Pollinators and the Fight to Save Them.

Follow a gardener’s adventures into the field with bee scientists and farmers to explore the lives of bees. Tucked into stories where bees build turrets and paint walls are lessons on how bees live—and how our gardens can help them.

Wildflower Walks in Black Mountain

Coordinator: Jim Poling (jnpoling@icloud.com)
Leaders: Anyone who loves Wildflowers
Dates: The first Wildflower Walk will be Thursday, April 5, 9am. Followed by May 10, June 14, July 12, August 9, September 13.

Most of our walks are local—Montreat, BMT Recreation Park, Warren Wilson College. We will take one or two trips to the Parkway. Meet at Lake Tomahawk Parking Lot on Rhododendron Ave. Black Mountain, NC . We will carpool to another location where there are wildflowers!

Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage – Great Smoky Mountains

April 24 – 28, 2018 – registration opens March 1.
More info : springwildflowerpilgrimage@gmail.com

NC native Plants SocietyNorth Carolina Native Plant Society Spring Outing

April 27-29, 2018 in the southern mountain town of Franklin, NC. There will be a Friday afternoon hike for those arriving early, hikes Saturday morning and afternoon, and half day hikes on Sunday morning. Gary Kauffmann will be the speaker on Friday night giving an overview of plant communities in the Franklin area, and Brent Martin will be the speaker on Saturday night telling us of William Bartram’s journeys in this area. Hike leaders will be Gary Kauffmann, Brent Martin, Larry Mellichamp, Mark Rose, Dan Pitillo, and others.

General Questions? Email Lisy McLeod at Lisy@ncwildflower.org; Hike Questions? Email Jean Woods at jeanw@ncwildflower.org

Georgia Botanical Society Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage

May 4-6, 2018, in Thomaston, GA.

Wilderness Wildlife Week in Pigeon Forge

May 8-12, 2018
More info:  info@mypigeonforge.com

2018 Crum Workshop and Foray
May 27-June 1, 2018.
Montreat Conference Center in Black Mountain, NC.

Want to learn more about mosses? Mornings will be dedicated to field trips and collection of specimens. Afternoons will offer lab time. Bring your own microscope and enjoy the process of identification in a group setting. For details, contact the organizers, Becky Smucker (bjsmucker@gmail.com) or Jim Goldsmith (jim@goldsmithdews.com). To register for the foray: http://www.montreat.org/crum/ Space is limited

Wildflower Whimsy – Highlands Biological Station – Date TBA

cullowheeThe Cullowhee Native Plant Conference

July 18 – 21, 2018 – Registration Will Open April 1

The purpose of the Cullowhee Conference is to increase interest in and knowledge of propagating and preserving native southeastern plant species in the landscape. Past participants of the conference have included landscape architects, commercial nursery operators, garden club members, botanists, and horticulturists from state highway departments, universities, native plant societies, botanical gardens, and arboretums. Both professionals and laypersons will gain valuable knowledge from the informative field trips, lectures, and workshops.





NC Arboretum Adult Education Classes
NC Arboretum Calendar of Events


bullingtonBullington Gardens Events & Workshops
95 Upper Red Oak Trail, Hendersonville NC 28792
Call (828) 698-6104 for reservations


The Botanical Gardens at Asheville

The Botanical Gardens at Asheville offers many helpful and informative classes designed to deepen your relationship to the region’s flora and fauna and to help you successfully landscape with natives. We enjoy relationships with many of the region’s naturalist experts. Thanks to their generosity, we can offer our community an in-depth and affordable look at one of the world’s most unique and diverse native habitats.

North Carolina Native Plant Society – Western Chapter Hikes

Contact Tracie Jeffries for more details at botanynerd89@gmail.com or https://www.facebook.com/botanynerds

Submit events for inclusion to wcbotanicalclub@gmail.com